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mast climbing a smaller keelboat
I recently purchased a Hunter 25. It has a schoal draft (2'11") fixed keel, with about 2000# of ballast, and a total displacement of 4000#. I climbed the mast while in the slip to fix a jammed halyard last week. From my perspective the boat barely heeled at all. However I had three friends standing on deck, and one holding a spare halyard on the dock. I unjammed the block, and got down from the very top within 10 seconds.
Well after some hindsight, I think this was kind of a stupid thing to do without knowing much about keelboats. I now want to re-climb and replace the masthead light. This will require much more time than 10 seconds, and I may not have as many crew below.
My question is, did I just get lucky that the boat didn't heel way over and dump me over onto my neighbor's boat? Or is this a large enough keel boat that climbing the mast is safe? I weigh 180#...
If the boat starts heeling, will it develop more righting moment or less as it heels more? Is there a way to tie it up to minimize the risk of a heavy heel?
Thanks for any opinions or similar experiences